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Liverpool face competition from PSG for Roma goalkeeper

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 11:59

Liverpool's search for a new goalkeeper could be undone by the financial might of Paris Saint-Germain.

Roma stopper Alisson and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid have both been linked with the Reds and the Brazilian stopper is said to be attracting the attention of the French side.

Reports in Italy claim that PSG are pondering a bid for the 25-year-old after having moved on from their interest in AC Milan wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Calciomercato say PSG have now shifted their attentions to Alisson, in what could be a blow for Jurgen Klopp.

Earlier this month, Alisson admitted he would be open to moving on from the Italian capital in the summer.

"It's always nice to know that great teams are looking for you,” he said. “But I want to do well in Rome, so we'll talk about it in June. But for now, I'm in Rome."

Source: Daily Mirror

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Roberto Firmino: Liverpool's No.9

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 11:59

As examples of self-evaluation go, Roberto Firmino’s upon signing for Liverpool has proven to be unerringly accurate.

“I’m a player who works hard and who’s constantly looking to support my teammates on the pitch,” the Brazilian pledged, during his first interview as a Red following his transfer from Hoffenheim in June 2015.

“I’m a player with an attitude and who knows how to play a tactical role with the team.”

Two-and-a-half years on, few observers would disagree. Certainly not his manager, anyway.

“What a player! What can I say? If he loses the ball, he fights for it back. If he loses it again, he fights for it,” Jürgen Klopp told this website earlier in the season.

“He looks like the engine of the team. I really like how the crowd appreciate it. It’s really nice to see and he deserves it. He works so hard.”

But while the manner in which Firmino goes about his business on the pitch hasn’t changed since he swapped south-west Germany for north-west England, the starting position from which he does so most definitely has.

Firmino is no longer an attacking midfielder, no longer Liverpool’s No.11.

Firmino is now a striker. Both literally and figuratively, he is now Liverpool’s No.9.

After sitting down with at Melwood recently to discuss this evolution, the 26-year-old explains: “Since Jürgen Klopp became our manager, this has been my new position.

“I wasn’t a striker before but as I’ve been adapting into this position I’ve liked it more and more. I feel really comfortable and really adapted to it. I’d like to continue playing there for the rest of my career.”

The increased level of familiarity with his role Firmino references can be measured quantitatively, too.

His first season at Anfield yielded 11 goals in 49 appearances. In 2016-17, he scored 12 times in 41 games. 

But, following last Sunday’s deft chip against Manchester City, Firmino has already netted 17 goals in only 31 matches during the current campaign, including seven in eight Champions League outings.

Firmino has a penchant for following Liverpool goals with unusual modes of celebration. In recent weeks, dance moves inspired by his legendary compatriot Ronaldinho have been supplemented by a kung-fu kick.

Most recently, these acrobatics could be witnessed in the aftermath of Mohamed Salah’s long-range strike that put the Reds 4-1 up versus City.

A broad grin breaks out across Firmino’s face as this particular subject is raised.

“Well, when I was a kid, I used to do a goal celebration that was a back-flip,” he reveals.

“I did it a lot when I was younger. It’s something I wanted to do [again], but maybe it’s best not to try! I did it up to four years ago, but not anymore!”

Goals, though, are not the only currency Firmino values highly.

“I’m always very happy to score and to give assists, give passes - that’s also hugely important,” he says.

“I work hard and I want to help my teammates. It’s not always the goal itself, though the goal is the fruit of the work we’ve done which is why of course when I score, it’s always good.”

Watch Bobby's stunning dink v City

While scoring and creating represent two primary aims for any forward, there is also another facet of Firmino’s game that so endears him to Liverpool fans.

The sight of the No.9 tracking back and hustling opponents out of possession is a regular occurrence at Anfield, as well as grounds across the country and beyond.

As Klopp acknowledged, appreciative applause and a chorus of ‘Bobby Firmino!’ from the Reds supporters in attendance generally follows.

The man himself credits his readiness to embrace the less glamorous side of the game to a combination of instinct and the way leaving home to join Hoffenheim at the age of 18 moulded him, both personally and professionally.

“It’s natural, of course - it comes from the cradle almost. I think though that the four years I spent in Germany changed my mentality a great deal. It made me become a lot harder,” Firmino notes.

The manner in which the Brazilian fulfils such tasks - with indefatigable diligence - is testament to his physical fitness.

Firmino's 2017-18 Premier League stats

Of Liverpool’s 33 matches across all competitions so far this season, Firmino started 28 - an impressive ratio for an elite club’s frontline striker.

He smiles and raps the table with his knuckles to gesture ‘touch wood’ when it’s put to him that he rarely seems pick up injuries. But is his robustness down to nature or nurture? 

“I prepare very intensively for all games, physically and mentally,” Firmino asserts.

“I’m always eating the right food, I make sure I eat well, and I believe in God so I pray before all games that I’ll be alright. So I prepare on all levels for games.”

The esteem in which Firmino is held by Liverpool supporters is made clear every time the Reds play, but his popularity among the Hoffenheim faithful has not waned, either.

Last August, when Klopp’s side visited the Rhein-Neckar-Arena for the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie, the home fans chanted Firmino’s name before kick-off and then afforded him a standing ovation when he was substituted late on.

“It’s due to me as a person, I think, my charisma,” Firmino replies, when asked why he believes he is regarded so highly by followers of his clubs past and present.

“I always treat people well. I always stop, it’s never a problem when people want to speak with me, that’s OK with me - I’m never rude to anyone. 

“And then on the field I give absolutely everything, I play with all of my heart and that’s why I think it is.”

Firmino has spoken previously about the positive influence Klopp has had on his development since the boss’ arrival at Anfield in October 2015.

His manager, as detailed in the opening stages of this interview, admires his No.9 greatly and Firmino feels their similar understanding of football is a consequence of his own spell in the Bundesliga.

“When I was 18 and I was in Brazil, the offer came up to go to Germany and I didn’t think twice. It was a big adaptation, a new country, food, culture, but I didn’t go about it with any airs and graces and therefore I adapted,” he recalls.

“For me, it’s certainly helped and the German mentality that I have from my time there, that’s been very important [for his relationship with Klopp]. I’ve learned a huge amount with the manager, it’s a real honour to be with him.

“We have a good relationship, it’s excellent, but he’s a partner not just to me. He’s got a good relationship with all of the players, all of us.”

What does he make of Klopp referring to him as the ‘engine’ of his side?

“I like it. I like to work hard,” Firmino states.

“I like to drop back and help defend because that then turns into attack, turns into goals, so I don’t mind being called the ‘engine’ of the team.”

Just as Firmino didn’t hesitate when the chance to join Hoffenheim arose, nor was the opportunity to move to Liverpool going to pass him by.

“It was over the years that I was seeing the Champions League, the Premier League, I watch all football so it was the same thing - when the proposal came up to join Liverpool, I didn’t think twice,” he says. 

And, as any of Firmino’s 2.8 million Instagram followers would surely attest, the man from the tropical climes of Maceio and his family are well settled into life in a city located nearly 5,000 miles from home.

“I’m always a happy person, I’m always smiling,” Firmino says, with a facial expression to match his words.

“I’m at peace [and] I think it’s important that you are, because if you’re happy at home with your family it means that you go onto the pitch also happy.”

Something that makes Firmino unhappy, though, is the spurning of goalscoring opportunities. 

However, such short-term pain only serves to feed an insatiable hunger for long-term improvement.

“When I miss a chance or I misplace a pass, I always feel that I could’ve done better,” he admits.

“But I work on the basis that I’m never satisfied; I always want to do better and the feeling that I’m never satisfied is my way of motivating myself to be the best I can be.

“It’s never perfect. I always want to work hard and prepare the best for each game. And each goal that comes, that’s a consequence of the preparation we put in to it.”

Roberto Firmino: Liverpool’s No.9.

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Media Watch: Read the latest January transfer rumours

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 11:45
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Local supporters' forum: Empty Anfield seats and LFC's community work

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 21:00

Liverpool have outlined their work in the local community and underlined their desire to eradicate empty seats at Anfield during the first meeting of the local supporters' forum which took place ahead of the Manchester City game on Sunday.

Attended by nine forum members and five representatives from the club, including chief executive Peter Moore, the meeting focused on two key issues – the ability of local supporters to attend home games at Anfield and the work that Liverpool does in the area.

Although the intention is for discussions about ticket availability and ticket pricing to take place in the relevant forums, it was deemed appropriate that given the crossover on those issues with those affecting local supporters that the matter should be given further consideration at this forum.

One of the prime concerns of the forum members was the number of seats which are not used on a matchday, a situation which Phil Dutton, Liverpool’s head of ticketing and hospitality, admitted is one that the club is determined to tackle in the coming months in an attempt to bring about a drastic reduction in the number of unused tickets.

“Our fill rate (ie the number of seats that are used on a matchday) is around 94 per cent but our sales rate (ie the number of seats sold) is around 99.6 per cent with the 0.4 per cent being unsold visitor tickets or changes to segregation etc. Every available home seat is sold,” Phil Dutton said. “This is an obvious problem and, like everyone else, I get incredibly frustrated when I see seats left empty at Anfield because I know there are so many people who would readily fill them.

“We need to improve the platform for supporters to use in relation to this matter but we also need people to talk to us. If someone knows in advance of a game that they aren’t going to make it then if they let us know we can do something about it. If they don’t tell us then the problem doesn’t go away because we can’t give a supporter’s seat to someone else if they’re not in it by 10 past three because there’s a risk that the original ticket holder could turn up at quarter past three.”

Estimating that on average over 2,000 seats can be unused at some home games, Phil Dutton then fielded a series of suggestions from forum members about ways of dealing with the problem. Among them were ideas that local children could turn up at Anfield on a matchday and taken to the seats that are unfilled or that local schools could be placed on a rota that would allow their pupils to fill empty seats.

On both counts, Phil Dutton said that while the ideas are well meaning they are not practical. In terms of children, he said it would be neither pragmatic nor safe to have hundreds of children waiting outside a stadium in the hope that they might get a ticket at an unspecified time. He also said that because the problem involves individual seats being left empty, it would not be suitable for schools who require tickets in groups to allow teachers and pupils to attend together.

Ian Byrne, the Spirit Of Shankly (SOS) delegate, suggested that the club should become more flexible in its approach to ticketing and should be willing to offer fan groups such as SOS and Spion Kop 1906 the opportunity to identify supporters who could take advantage of short notice. Phil Dutton said that while that is an option we would be willing to look at, he would be concern that the risks associated with ticketing would be passed on to those groups and he was not convinced that would be fair on them or the club. 

“We need to work with supporters but the ultimate responsibility for the use of any spare tickets needs to sit with the club,” Phil Dutton said. “Next season we want the fill rate to be 99.9 per cent. But for that to happen we need supporters to talk to us and then we need to find a way to use any tickets that are going spare. This place (Anfield) should be full for every single game.”

Challenged on the local element by forum member Ste Martin who asked whether the club takes it for granted that it could sell out every home game, Phil Dutton insisted that is not the case. “The reality is that we could put tickets on sale globally and they would sell out,” he said. “That is how wide demand is but we cannot lose sight of local fans. This club needs its local core element and I’m not just saying that because I am a local fan.

“In terms of numbers, 84 per cent of our season ticket holders are from the North West and 46 per cent of our members are from the same region and we need to look at what we can do to make that latter figure higher because, as I’ve said, local supporters are absolutely vital to everything we do as a club.”

Among the ideas that Phil Dutton said are currently being considered in order to make ticketing more effective, he indicated that a season ticket amnesty is one option.

On the possibility of an amnesty, Ste Martin said his concern with that approach would be that it could lead to supporters losing season tickets that have been passed on to them by a family member. Phil Dutton said that should the club choose to go down that route, such supporters would not be at risk of losing their season tickets with the prime motivation of such an approach being to ascertain exactly who is in possession of the season ticket and who attends Anfield on matchdays, the latter being a particular concern for health and safety reasons.

Ian Byrne urged the club to do everything in its power to free up tickets for supporters, particularly local youngsters, stressing “Atmosphere is one of our greatest weapons and we need to do everything we can to make the most of it. That’s something that I’m sure everyone would agree is in the club’s best interests.”

A presentation followed from LFC Foundation marketing manager Janine Ross and Red Neighbours manager Forbes Duff in which Liverpool’s work in the community was summarised. Focusing on the LFC Foundation, Janine Ross said the club’s official charity had been relaunched in February 2017 as research indicated fans were unclear about what the Foundation stood for and what its aims and objectives were.

“In simple terms, our primary aim is to help children and young people,” Janine Ross said. “Last season we worked with 11,500 children and young people and we provided 125,000 places on various programmes including Kicks, Football Plus, Respect 4 All and Primary Stars. We also ran free holiday camps in Anfield which were supported by the James Milner Foundation.

“In March this year, we will be starting an open spaces sports programme in local parks which will also be free of charge and we are also working on a new project with Merseyside Police which will help children who are at risk of being dragged into gang culture.

“We target areas of high deprivation across Liverpool City Region and one of the initiatives that we are most excited is the new IntoUniversity North Liverpool programme which will see us support children in North Liverpool and surrounding areas who do not have the support needed to get into higher education.”

Explaining the philosophy behind Red Neighbours, Forbes Duff said the initiative focuses on the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes with the aim of supporting residents who live in the vicinity of Anfield. “We support the elderly community, we support food banks, we encourage people to be more physically active and we look to create memorable experiences for children,” he said. “Those are our four key areas and the idea is that we are a good neighbour to those around us.”

Praising the work of Red Neighbours, Ian Byrne said: “It is a delight working with Forbes. Previously, the club had a terrible reputation in the area but through Forbes and Red Neighbours we can see that they are being a lot more constructive in the local community. It is about working positively and when that happens I will happily shout it from the rooftops as was the case after we got magnificent support for the food banks from Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson.

“If you were to ask me what my gripes are I’d say that Red Neighbours is under-staffed and I would also like to see the pilot scheme which allowed local kids to come to Anfield to watch away games happen more often. That was a brilliant idea and it worked really well but since then the screenings have been sold to supporters and I don’t think that’s the best way forward.”

Forum member Peter Carney then urged the club to do more to support local charities rather than just focusing on their own. “These are small charities which just want a small token from the club,” he said. “They’re not asking for a great deal.” Tony Barrett informed Peter that a high-level meeting regarding that issue had taken place three days earlier and it was hoped that progress would be made imminently.

“The club should also look into the fans’ goodwill,” said forum member Gareth Roberts. “We would all like Liverpool Football Club to have a good name and a good reputation but at times it feels like it goes its own way without consulting us or asking if we would like to get involved and support the work you are doing. And it would be good if we heard more about the kind of work that has been discussed today. We don’t want the club to go too far on the PR front because that would be cynical but there is a balance to be struck.”

“Once again, this was another excellent forum,” Tony Barrett, Liverpool’s head of club and supporter liaison, said. “The input from all of the forum members was constructive and challenging and a number of ideas have been put forward which the club will now consider. Most importantly, all involved engaged with one another even on difficult issues that were never going to be straightforward and found ways of making progress.”

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Liverpool placed in the frame for Bordeaux star Malcom

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 19:15

Liverpool have been put into the frame for the signature of Brazilian star Malcom – by his club manager at Bordeaux.

The 20-year-old has been a standout star in Ligue 1 this campaign, scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 19 appearances.

Arsenal are interested in the winger as they prepare to replace Alexis Sanchez, who is set to depart the Emirates this summer.

But with interest in both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Malcom may be forced to wait for his move to the Premier League.

Bordeaux boss Jocelyn Gourvennec, however, has bizarrely referenced Liverpool as a potential destination.

“I can’t deny that he’s being followed by a lot of people,” Gourvennec reportedly said. “With Malcom, I go from day-to-day.

“He’s committed. He’s a bit like he was in the summer - I wouldn’t say he has been disturbed by it, that’s a bit strong, he’s not disturbed, but he is asking questions.

“He’s asking himself what’s the best thing for him, for his future. That’s logical. If he’s asking questions and he still manages to make assists or score goals, it’ll be fine.

“If Liverpool want you to work for them tomorrow, you’d go.

“There is one person who decides in this, that’s the majority shareholder. He talked about this at the weekend, but football remains football.”

Liverpool are not expected to enter the transfer market this January after their attempts to speed up Naby Keita's arrival from RB Leizpig were denied by the Bundesliga club.

Thomas Lemar has been considered but his signature would likely come in the summer, although Monaco's asking price remains high.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Inside Anfield: What you didn't see during Reds' win over City

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 18:45

Liverpool ended Manchester City's unbeaten record in the Premier League this season in fine style as they recorded a thrilling 4-3 victory over the table toppers at Anfield on Sunday - but what went on behind the scenes at one of the games of 2017-18? Find out in the latest edition of Inside Anfield.

The Reds extended their own unbeaten run to 18 matches as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah struck to stun Pep Guardiola's men.

City did threaten to stage a comeback as they pulled the scoreline back to 4-3, but Jürgen Klopp's side held out to pick up three crucial points.

You saw what happened on the pitch during the 90 minutes but now there is a chance to glimpse the goings-on in the tunnel and around the ground before and after the football.

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Gerrard: Rhian is strong and he'll bounce back

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 14:33

Steven Gerrard expects Rhian Brewster to bounce back from the high ankle sprain he sustained during Liverpool U23s' game against Manchester City last Friday.

The 17-year-old forward suffered a heavy fall during the young Reds' 3-2 Premier League 2 defeat and left the field on a stretcher.

Following an initial diagnosis of ligament damage, Brewster will undergo further tests this week to determine the full extent of his injury.

Brewster has been a regular fixture for Neil Critchley’s U23s this season, as well as the club’s U19s in the UEFA Youth League - a side managed by Gerrard.

Speaking to, Gerrard said: "Rhian is a great kid and a fantastic footballer. He is a mentally strong kid as well and I’m sure he will bounce back.

"He’s got the right physios and doctors and Critch and Mick [Mike Garrity] will get around him and keep his spirits up, and he will bounce back.

"All players bounce back from injuries. It is a setback, it’s disappointing for everyone involved, and there may have been a chance he might have been available for the FA Youth Cup game with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday as well.

"Everyone knows I’m such a fan of Rhian. Of course the kid is down at the moment. We are still waiting for further tests and results to see the full extent of the injury, but he’s got everyone’s support here.

"Everybody is rallying around him and making sure he stays in the best place he can be in."

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Liverpool's 10 biggest Premier League wins

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 14:00

On this day in 1999, Gerard Houllier's Liverpool beat Southampton 7-1 at Anfield to register the club's biggest ever Premier League win.

Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick to take his tally of career league goals to 101 in 175 matches and Dominic Matteo headed into the top corner, notching his debut strike for the Reds.

Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and David Thompson completed the scoring for the home team on a day when it could have been an even greater margin of victory over David Jones' Saints.

A slight lapse in concentration at 5-0 up allowed Egil Ostenstad to net a consolation for Southampton.

The Reds have matched the six-goal margin of victory on six occassions down the years - but the seven scored remains a landmark.

Here are Liverpool's biggest wins in the top-flight since 1992...

* The Reds have also recorded 12 5-0 wins in the Premier League: Crystal Palace (1993), Swindon Town (1994), Leeds United (1996), West Ham United (1998), Ipswich Town (2002), West Brom (2005), Aston Villa (2009), Birmingham City (2011), Norwich City (2013), Swansea City (2013 and 2018) and Tottenham Hotspur (2014).

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Ragnar Klavan donates to local foodbank

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 13:20

Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan visited St Andrew’s Community Network on Friday to make a donation to their North Liverpool Foodbank collection.

The Estonian handed over a number of essential items - which will be made into three-day emergency food parcels for local residents in need – before chatting to centre volunteers about the vital work North Liverpool Foodbank does within the Anfield community. 

Food poverty and food education is one of the key focus areas of LFC’s Red Neighbours programme, working alongside the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative to tackle local food poverty.

Foodbank collections take place at every home game at Anfield; supporters attending matches can drop off any non-perishable food donations and toiletries at the foodbank collection points, which are open three hours before kick-off and located on Anfield Road, next to the club’s Family Park, and inside the new LFC Anfield superstore.

So far this season, matchday donations have totalled over 3,675kg – feeding roughly 1,150 families in need in North Liverpool. 

For more information on the Red Neighbours programme, follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter.

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Win: Tickets, travel and more for Porto v Liverpool

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 13:07

Liverpool FC official Membership are giving one lucky Member or season ticket holder the chance to win a VIP trip for two to the UEFA Champions League tie against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday February 14.

The prize will include:

  • 2 x premium position match tickets.
  • Return flights from a selection of specified UK airports.
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation.
  • £250 spending money for your trip.

For your chance to enter simply visit the Members’ Area before January 22, 2018.

Not a Member? Join now and enter in the Members’ Area for your chance to be there.

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Emre: Teams will have been wowed by Man City win

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 12:38

Emre Can believes Liverpool sent out a message to teams across Europe in beating Manchester City 4-3 on Sunday.

The Reds became the first side to inflict a Premier League defeat upon Pep Guardiola's men this season, edging an unforgettable game at Anfield.

The hosts pressed relentlessly and showcased their pace and quality in attack to put the previously unbeaten league leaders to the sword.

And Can expects perceptions of Jürgen Klopp's team to have changed in the aftermath of their impressive performance against City.

“It was unbelievable,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Look at how we pressed, I think it was the best game. We played against Manchester City, you don’t have to forget that! 

“We were always on the front foot, everyone pressing and everyone doing a brilliant job. I don’t know how many kilometres we ran...

“If the teams saw us playing like that, they will give us a lot of respect and we will take a lot of confidence.

“We don’t have to pick one player out. Every single player performed and did an amazing job. Teams watching our performance will think ‘oh wow!’ 

“They will see we are a strong side but it’s just one game and we have to keep going. It’s Swansea next.”

The Reds' midfield trio of Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played a crucial role in preventing the visitors from settling into their typically expansive passing game.

The No.23 was particularly impressed by Oxlade-Chamberlain, who kickstarted arguably his best Liverpool performance thus far with the opening goal.

He added: “Alex was brilliant. He played all his life as a winger but against Man City he played as a No. 8 and you could see he is an amazing player. He’s quick, he’s strong in tackles and he can score goals.”

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Watch and vote: Robbie or Bobby? Which goal do you prefer?

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 12:12

Roberto Firmino's sublime strike against Manchester City on Sunday bore a striking resemblance to a goal expertly scored by Robbie Fowler at Manchester United back in 1995 - but which one is your favourite?

The efforts were uncannily similar; both players brushing off an opposing defender with the shoulder to reach a ball forward from midfield before deftly lofting a chip over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net.

Our free video below shows just show remarkably alike they both were - watch it now and then cast your vote underneath.

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Jürgen: At 2-1, the boys knew we were ‘there’

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 11:30

Jürgen Klopp has credited his players for sensing blood in the aftermath of Roberto Firmino’s goal during Sunday’s remarkable 4-3 win over Manchester City.

Firmino’s delicate, ice-cool chip over Ederson put Liverpool 2-1 up shortly before the hour and sparked delirious celebrations inside Anfield.

In the dizzying, breathless nine minutes that followed, Klopp’s team struck the post and scored twice more as Pep Guardiola’s previously unbeaten Premier League leaders wilted amid a perfect storm of relentless Reds pressure and a deafening din from the home supporters.

Following Firmino’s 17th goal of the season, Klopp could be seen urging his side to continue attacking from the technical area.

However, when asked about that instruction post-match, the manager preferred to praise his team for recognising themselves that the time was right to press home their advantage.

Watch highlights of Sunday's seven-goal thriller

“Of course it’s like this but whatever I shout out, if the boys don’t feel it then I better shut up and we’ll try to come through somehow. But they knew ‘now we are there’,” Klopp told

“The plan was there from the beginning and the boys did really, really well. At 1-0, you cannot control them all the time, that’s just not possible - the pitch is too big for that and they use the space. 

“But we did good. In the decisive moments you need to be there and I’m even happy about the result because I think if you didn’t see the game and had no chance to watch it back then the result is exactly what you need to imagine what you missed, because we deserved to win but they deserved to score."

Elaborating on the nine-minute spell that ultimately earned all three points, Klopp continued: “In the second half, in this period when we scored, we played pressing from another planet. 

“Really, I saw a few nice games in my life but this period was really one of the better ones. I’m really happy.”

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'Our biggest challenge is to repeat City display every week'

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 11:15

Georginio Wijnaldum was lost for words to describe how Liverpool put an end to Manchester City's unbeaten record – but he knows that level of performance has to be the standard every week.

The Reds were outstanding as they claimed a 4-3 win against the Premier League leaders on Sunday, with their pressing, energy and finishing undoing a side that had previously navigated 22 matches without defeat.

At the heart of the victory was a nine-minute spell in the second half when goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah opened up an unassailable lead.

“I don’t know where it came from,” Wijnaldum admitted to “Even after we scored the fourth we were pressing and trying to regain the ball and create chances.

“It was a difficult game. We did a lot of things right; we scored four goals and unfortunately we conceded three, but we are happy to give them their first defeat of the season.”

What is crystal clear in the Dutchman’s mind, though, is that the onus is on Jürgen Klopp’s team to repeat the display as frequently as possible in the remainder of the season.

“Every game is a new game. We have showed that we can beat Manchester City, a good team – one of the best in the league,” said the No.5, who described his own contribution as ‘definitely one of my best’ for Liverpool.

“But we have to put in that performance every week. That’s the biggest challenge we have. I don’t want to say ‘it says this about us’ because every game is a new game and we have to perform.”

The foundation of the result was undoubtedly in the work-rate of the Reds, and so often it was Wijnaldum – or fellow midfielders Emre Can and Oxlade-Chamberlain – regaining possession and keeping City at bay.

“It was just the gameplan. If a player comes in, he has to do the things the manager said about how we want to play. He had a gameplan and that’s what we did,” he added.

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Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren drop by local school

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 19:59

Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren recently called in to a West Derby school to meet some local fans.

The Reds stars made the short journey from Melwood to Mab Lane Primary School and spent the afternoon interacting with the youngsters, answering their questions and handing over signed photographs.

Last season, LFC committed to the first-team players visiting schools in and around the local area after autographs and pictures were stopped outside Melwood for health and safety reasons. 

This new scheme provides a safer environment for young fans to collect autographs and allows even more local children to meet their heroes face to face.

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Five things we loved in the win against Manchester City...

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 19:24

There was so much to love about Liverpool's epic 4-3 victory over Manchester City – and we have picked out five of our favourite things in the Anfield thriller…

Picture-book goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were – ultimately – enough to hand Pep Guardiola’s men a first defeat in the Premier League on Sunday.

Played at a frantic pace, amid a tremendous atmosphere, the meeting between the division’s most free-scoring teams managed to reach, if not exceed, all of the pre-match expectations.

Here is what we enjoyed most about a contest that will live long in the memory…

Firmino taking a leaf out of Robbie Fowler’s book

If you experienced a sense of déjà vu when Firmino raced in behind to fetch Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through pass, shrugged off John Stones with a firm shoulder and delicately lifted the ball over Ederson, there is a sound reason why: because you have basically seen the goal before.

It was October 1995 and a crunch clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Then, the ball forward came from Michael Thomas for Fowler; the defender outmuscled was Gary Neville; the finish was no different, however. In fact, it was practically identical, the striker dinking one over the helpless Peter Schmeichel with his right foot during the 2-2 draw...

Andy Robertson’s relentless press in the second half

It all starts in his own half.

The left-back harries Bernardo Silva and forces City to knock the ball backwards. Kyle Walker collects the pass and sees Robertson racing in his direction. When it is switched again to Stones, the Scot keeps on going.

By the time the ball returns all the way back to goalkeeper Ederson, you might expect Liverpool’s No.26 to call it quits. Instead, it continues and though eventually he is penalised for a foul on Nicolas Otamendi, the attitude and the determination helped to prompt a deserved chorus of his name from the Kop – and encapsulated a standout individual performance...

Three goals in nine minutes

This game was on a knife-edge at the outset of the second half, with Leroy Sane’s intervention four minutes before the break having cancelled out a sublime opening goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But that changed in the space of a nine-minute period that rivals anything Anfield has witnessed before.

Firmino started it with his impudent strike and it is easy to forget that Mane whipped an effort against the outside of the far post before he did find the net with a left-footed blast that serves as an exhibition of perfect shooting technique.

The sensational state change from 1-1 to 4-1 was completed by Salah’s 24th goal of the season. Perhaps the most striking aspect of his unerring hit back over Ederson from the stopper’s failed clearance was that it seemed so easy.

“You get chills,” said Dejan Lovren, captain for the day, in an attempt to describe the action that unfolded in front of him. “We believed from the first second we were the better team.”

The midfield battle

Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Oxlade-Chamberlain were men on a mission in midfield.

Lined up against a formidable combination, fine-tuned by Guardiola to the point of being unbeaten in the Premier League until Sunday, featuring Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan, the Reds trio thrived on the task of taking the ball off their opponents at any opportunity.

They set the tone for Liverpool’s pressing game – as you can see in this compilation of the team’s blocks, interceptions and tackles…

The Anfield atmosphere

“The fans were absolutely unbelievable,” Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose passionate celebration in front of the Kop on nine minutes helped add to the noise, commented after the final whistle.

“It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve played in. I often say that when I play here most weeks. But they were fantastic today and they helped us over the line.”

Just look at those scenes…

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Free video: How Bobby did a Robbie in Manchester City win...

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 19:20

There was something remarkably familiar about the manner in which Roberto Firmino scored against Manchester City on Sunday – but just how similar was his goal to a famous effort netted by Robbie Fowler at Old Trafford two decades ago?

The Brazilian outmuscled John Stones to reach Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass forward before majestically scooping the ball over Ederson to put the Reds 2-1 up.

Back in 1995, Fowler found the target with an incredibly similar strike against Manchester United.

On that occasion, the Liverpool forward shouldered Gary Neville off the ball to meet Michael Thomas’s pass before deftly lifting over Peter Schmeichel.

To see the striking resemblance between the goals, watch our free clip below now.

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Warm up with 50% off food at Anfield's Boot Room Sports Cafe

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 18:47

You can still save a huge 50 per cent on food at Anfield's Boot Room Sports Cafe throughout January.

Enjoy a range of warming dishes including homemade lasagne made with slow-cooked mince beef, traditional beer-battered fish and chunky chips or our popular Scouse, served with pickled red cabbage, beetroot and crusty bread. 

Other favourites to choose from include a selection of pizzas and burgers, and there’s also a choice of fresh salads available. 

To save 50 per cent off food in the Boot Room Sports Cafe, quote 'SAVE50' when you book your table online or call 0151 906 1892 to make a reservation. 

This offer is available until Wednesday January 31, 2018. Exclusions apply. For full terms and conditions, click here

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Liverpool to host Super Movers launch

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 16:17

Liverpool FC will host the live launch of the Premier League and BBC's new Supermovers campaign at Anfield Thursday, January 18.

Super Movers is aimed at helping primary school teachers to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning.

The initiative will officially get under way at the Reds' home ground this week, with two first-team players set to host the first live lesson, which will be broadcast on the BBC.

The pair will take part in a Q&A and engage schoolchildren across the country as they take part a fun, active maths session for seven to nine-year-olds.

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Salah and Matip on board for Super Movers launch

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 16:17

Liverpool FC will host the live launch of the Premier League and BBC's new Supermovers campaign at Anfield Thursday, January 18.

Super Movers is aimed at helping primary school teachers to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning.

The initiative will officially get under way at the Reds' home ground this week, when Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip host the first live lesson, which will be broadcast live on the BBC.

The pair will take part in a Q&A and engage schoolchildren across the country as they take part a fun, active maths session for seven to nine-year-olds.

For more information visit

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